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Published on : Wednesday, June 14, 2017
A mountainous terrain marked with trekking trails, monasteries, diverse flora and fauna, and a rich Tibetan culture–the twin districts of Lahaul and Spiti boast of a huge variety of attractions to woo tourists.
In order to tap its tourism potential, these destinations in Himachal Pradesh have now been identified to be developed as new tourist spots.
Union Minister of State for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mahesh Sharma assured that the Centre has approved Rs 250 crore to develop the much-talked-about Buddhist tourism circuit in parts of India, including Lahaul-Spiti. The minister said this while visiting the district on the occasion of Chandra-Bhaga Sangam Parv.
Mahesh Sharma also added that the Tandi Sangam, where Chandra and Bhaga rivers meet, would be developed for tourism purposes, as per the demand of people, as there was no dearth of funds to execute the project, reported The Tribune.
Besides, the Centre has reportedly approved Rs 100 crore to develop four museums in Himachal Pradesh, as part of its endeavour to promote tourism in the state.
Revamping Lahaul-Spiti as a tourist destination would also mean added employment opportunities for otherwise-deprived inhabitants.
The trans-national Buddhist circuit from India to Nepal has been one of the most important tourism projects envisioned by the government. With Buddhism having originated in India, the government is looking at bringing more of Buddhist pilgrims to India.